NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new television reality show invites porn stars to test their serious acting abilities in London's theater district, raising the question: Debbie can do Dallas, but can she take on Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard?"
"My Bare Lady" will cast four leading ladies from U.S. porn studios in a classic piece of drama to be performed in London's West End. Their experiences undergoing a crash course in acting and appearing before a discerning British audience will air in three episodes on the Fox Reality cable and satellite channels this fall.
"It's a wonderful tale of redemption," said David Lyle, general manager of Fox Reality. "Do they want lines that are a little more challenging than 'Oh, here's the pool guy...'?"
"Debbie Does Dallas" was a 1978 porn film about the misadventures of a young woman who becomes a cheerleader for a Texas football team.
The show's concept is rooted in the bankable plot conflict of many television "reality" shows, taking people out of their accustomed element to see how they fare.
Like Eliza Doolittle learning to speak proper English in "My Fair Lady," these women must overcome a challenge formidable to any actor. "If they can move a London theater audience to applaud, they have done pretty well," said Lyle.
The show will be co-produced with the UK's Zig Zag Productions. Fox Reality is a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
This sounds like a GREAT reality show. I'd watch just to see how awful they would be trying to actually act.
Here's what they're going to try to bring to the stage:
Anton Chekov wrote:The play deals with a once wealthy and honored Russian family (Mrs. Ranevsky, her brother Gayev, her daughter Anya and her stepdaughter Varya) and the loss of their estate -- the ancestral family home and lands, including a vast and beautiful cherry orchard. Impoverished after the death of the alcoholic Mr. Ranevsky and the dissipation of the family fortune by the extravagance of his wife, the Ranevskys are incapable of avoiding the sale of their estate to pay for their debts. The action of the play revolves around the characterization of the ineffectual idleness and vanity of the Ranevskys and their victimization by the wealthy and unscrupulous businessman Lopakhin. Another central figure, the student Trofimov, comments on the historical necessities that have brought about the downfall of the land-owning Russian aristocracy. While aware of the problematic rise to power of an enterprising but greedy and soulless middle class, Trofimov and Anya look with optimism to a better day ahead for Russian society as a whole.